The ACLU today released documents regarding Navy investigations of civilians killed by coalition troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The report notes that the administration has gone to “unprecedented lengths to control and suppress information about the human cost” of the wars. Some of the key findings:
– Banning photographers on U.S. military bases from covering the arrival of caskets containing the remains of U.S. soldiers killed overseas
– Paying Iraqi journalists to write positive accounts of the U.S. war effort
– Inviting U.S. journalists to “embed” with military units but requiring them to submit their stories for pre-publication review
– Erasing journalists’ footage of civilian deaths in Afghanistan
– Refusing to disclose statistics on civilian casualties.